James Patrignelli, Director of Northeast Sales for Liquid Technology, an industry-leading expert in IT equipment liquidation, secure data destruction, and e-waste management, didn’t launch into the technology realm straight out of college.

Although he began his career in the financial industry, Patrignelli was quickly drawn into the world of technology not only because it aligned with his background in information systems, but because of its exciting pace and growth.

To discuss his trajectory and share insights on both the expanding, evolving digital sphere and the importance of ITAD (IT Asset Disposition), Recycling Today Magazine recently featured Patrignelli on its podcast: Fresh Perspective.

When asked about his background, Patrignelli noted, “What I was really missing was technology. So, I went looking for a role… where I could utilize my knowledge of infrastructure and my knowledge of technology.” Luckily, Patrignelli was seeking out a place in tech when the ITAD market was just maturing and gaining traction (the global ITAD industry is now expected to grow at a 6.9 percent CAGR, reaching around $22,150.4 million by 2026). Since making the transition to the ITAD sphere a few years ago, he has had the opportunity to garner some interesting experiences and get a unique view of technology hardware trends, including the advent of smart devices and the trajectory of servers in terms of speed and agility. Furthermore, as these technologies grew, Patrignelli watched them graduate from supporting assets to vital powerhouses for a wide range of industries.

Yet, with an increasing reliance on technology comes increasing vulnerability — especially when it comes to winding down older technologies that are being phased out or have reached the end of their useful life. Regardless of age, older technology still houses valuable business data and information, and as a result, the recycling and removal of these pieces of equipment should be considered and fulfilled with care. Especially due to the fact that data breaches are so costly (in 2019, breaches are reported to run businesses an average of $4 million, with that number coming in even higher in industries like healthcare), protecting data throughout all phases is paramount.

To ensure security among changing tech trends, Patrignelli notes that Liquid Technology has put an increased focus on helping clients plan, schedule and complete their data center shutdowns or cloud migrations. This includes sitting down with companies and helping them map out all of the pickup locations, identify what types of technology they will be recycling or reselling, exploring security requirements across unique projects and differing locations, and more.

The company delivers trusted and transparent, data destruction, and conscientious end-of-life asset management. Plus, to help keep ecosystems and global communities safe from dangerous e-waste while ensuring compliance with complex regulations and positioning enterprises as stewards of both security and sustainability, Liquid Technology’s services are e-Stewards Certified, R2 Certified and ISO 14001 Certified. In this way, Liquid Technology helps companies achieve success and protect against any vulnerabilities so that when the migration or shutdown occurs, all boxes are checked and bases covered.

In a world of changing demands, staying ahead of IT requirements while remaining secure necessitates careful device and equipment lifecycle management. As an integral part of that lifecycle due diligence, ITAD planning is absolutely vital for businesses wanting to stay protected and avert data security risks.

To listen to the podcast interview in its entirety, please click here.

To learn more about Liquid Technology, please visit www.liquidtechnology.net.